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Full text of "The Morphology And Evolution Of The Apes And Man"

EXTERNAL CHAEAGTERS  AXD  HABITS       81
spine shattered, and two bullets flattened in the neck and jaws." Specimens have also been found exhibiting healed fractures of the skull and limb bones.
The movements are slow and deliberate. It secures and tests the branches with its hands, after which it draws up both feet together ; and it will even carry out these evolutions when it is hunted. During its progress it protects its feet, which appear to be very delicate, from injury. If it is pursued by Man its progress among the branches is never so fast that the hunter cannot keep pace with them.
During the day the Orang may be found in the topmost branches of tall trees, but as night approaches it descends to more sheltered parts and builds a nest; but it is incorrect to say that it constructs a hut. Small branches are laid crosswise to form a supporting framework, which is then covered by a thick bed of leaves. If the night is cold or windy or rainy it covers itself with leaves, taking particular care to cover its head. In captivity it will cover itself with straw or even with newspapers, if these are placed in its cage. It will also make supports in its cage, and I observed this being done very ingeniously in the Gardens of the Zoological Society of London. The animal in question, a young male, was lodged in a cage which had a rope hanging from the roof. The Orang clung to the rope by his left hand and both feet. With his right hand he made a loop, passed it through between the bars, turned it through a right angle and pulled it tight. In this way he made a perch for himself. If anyone displaced the rope he at once proceeded to remake his perch.
On the ground the Orang is a clumsy animal.    He